Photo of the Day

The Maya Beach located close to the Thai island Koh Phi Phi was made famous with the movie “The Beach”. In current times the beach sees upwards of 5,000 visitors a day. The large numbers of visitors and the general disrespect to the beach and environment has resulted in the temporary closure of this buck…

Budget while traveling

I am a details orientated person which makes planning and maintaining my budget almost fun. I know, I know, I’m a weirdo. For my current eight month trip I did an extensive budget. In total I had about 10,000 usd; a product of selling my car, graduation gifts, and working 60 hours a week for…

How I paid for eight months of travel.

People ask me all the time how I was able to afford eight months of travel. I always reply with the same three reasons: privilege, luck, and planning. Privilege. I was born into a world segregated by varying degrees of privilege. I come from a stable family, supporting community, and various other areas of privilege….

Solo female backpacking advice.

1. I try to always stay away from the main touristy roads. When anyone asks me advice on traveling, these are always the first words out of my mouth. I discovered the advantages to staying away from the main tourist areas by pure accident. My first week in Bangkok I stayed at a hostel, Siam…

Kuta, Bali part 2

I have now visited Kuta, Bali twice. The first time after arriving from Singapore, and now after Kuta, Lombok. Kuta is busy, touristy, and a bit stifling. I was very lucky to find an amazing guesthouse, Gong’s Corner, that is not only very cheap, but clean and the staff are incredibly friendly. I surfed for…

Singapore

Post KL we spent two nights in Singapore. Where, for the first time in three months, I could drink the tap water and put the toilet paper in the toilet. Singapore was crazy. A huge and very rich city with some interesting laws; Chewing gum is banned, you can get whipped as a punishment, and…